Duke Ellington


Thu May 7, 2015
Arts & Culture

Isfahan Blues: A play about love and jazz in Iran

Sofia Ahmad and L. Peter Callender
Pak Han

In 1963, Duke Ellington made a famous tour and on that stop was Iran. He played jazz clubs in Tehran and Isfahan, and later produced his album Isfahan Blues.

At that same time, Vida Ghahremani, was living in Tehran.  She was a film star there, and decided to open the country's first dance club. Jazz was big in Iran then. Vida Ghahremani is now in California. Her daughter Torange Yaghiazarian is a playwright and Founding Artistic Director of Golden Thread Theatre in San Francisco.

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Mon July 16, 2012

"Crescendo and Dimminuendo in Blue" by Duke Ellington

Bill Schweitzer introduced his father to this song.